I just learned (late in the game, I know) what one of my favorite architectural designs is called. You know those really cool columns that are quite ornamental and they look like they support the building their on?
They don't really hold any structural meaning, they're just for show. They're called pilasters. They come in all shapes & sizes. If you're like, "I have no idea what you're talking about", you will when you look at the photos! They're all around us-- on houses, buildings, everywhere! It looks like a column & you can find them on important buildings!
Pilasters on an official building.
Pilasters (second one not pictured here) on a post office.
“They're all around us-- on houses, buildings, everywhere!”
The chimney pot was always a distant, illustrious home ornament peppered throughout the pages of well known English stories like Jane Austen. Homes of California are strangers to this type of architecture.